Standfast Selection - 18.5.2013
Original paint, sunbleached fading and the dented delights of barn found barn doors. These slammed rusty busses are part worn projects, each being kept alive by a dedicated brethren. Each van with it’s own unique story told through every dent, scratch and beaten panel. Oxidisation with it’s own history, they may be an acquired taste for some but we found ourselves captured with patina passion.
Easter Monday marked the 15th annual Ace Cafe Southend Shakedown. The first major run of the year left the legendary north London venue at half ten and headed coastal bound. The weather although real cold, was kind and stayed dry. The seafront was closed off for bikes alone and with thousands in attendance it was just as well. A fine example of a well organised event.
Sedlec Ossuary is amazing, it’s said to be decorated with skeletons of over 40,000 people. A small Roman Catholic chapel in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic it’s nothing special from the outside but Sedlec holds a grand if macabre interior and a has a rich history. In 1278 the abbot of the monastery returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a small jar of soil that was spread throughout the cemetery making it a desirable burial site. With the Black Death passing though Central Europe during the mid14th century and wars in the early 15th century many thousands of people were buried there creating the need for the cemetery to be expanded and the unsavoury task of exhuming the skeletons was give to a half-blind monk. The bones were stored in the basement of the Ossuary until 1870, when a woodcarver named Frantisek Rint was employed by the Schwarzenberg family who now owned the chapel, was appointed to stack the bones in order… Including a chandelier that is said to include every bone in the human body and the Schwarzenberg coat of arms, the results are impressive to say the least.